TDA has to forge a united front since, for the alliance to be relevant; it needs all the big players on board
The Democratic Alliance (TDA) which brings together groups opposed to President YoweriMuseveni plans to snub newly re-elected Democratic Party (DP) President-General Norbert Moa and accept his archrival, Erias Lukwago as a member, The Independent has learnt. But Mao says he will walk away if TDA accepts Lukwago and his supporters who are mostly DP leaning politicians.
I expect the democratic alliance not to entertain splinter groups. And if they entertain any from DP, I will walk out of the alliance,” says Mao.
With the two DP factions still at loggerheads, TDA has to figure out a way to forge unity, since for the alliance to be relevant, it appears to need both.
Lukwago accuses Mao of ignoring reconciliation efforts led by party elders and says he has formed a pressure group, through which he is now working to file a formal application to join the TDA. The move follows Mao’s decision to organise a Delegate’s Conference which locked out many members of Uganda’s oldest party
Father Gaetano Batanyenda, an influential member of the TDA, says that Lukwago and his DP splinter group of parliamentarians and councilors will be accepted into the Alliance once they apply. He refused to address himself to Mao’s pronouncements, calling them hearsay.